President Obama to speak again to schoolchildren. No sign yet of any irrational outcry, but the week is young.

President Obama will give his second annual school speech Tuesday at a Philly magnet school.

President Obama will give his second annual school speech Tuesday at a Philly magnet school.

One thing about the controversy over the burning of the Quran by the Florida minister is that it’s taken the national focus off the news that President Obama will give his second education speech on Tuesday. (By the way, the bonfire is off, so the heat may now be put on the president.)

Last year, Obama’s televised speech about the importance of education became a political flash point. Many schools either did not show the special address or gave students the option of not watching. Some local parents kept their children at home because they did not want them to listen to the president of the United States talk about staying in school and working hard — which was the entire focus of the speech. There were no hidden political messages, no covert efforts to get kids to demand national health care or vote Democratic.

There doesn’t seem to be a similar outcry this year to the news that Obama will deliver a speech Tuesday at the Philadelphia Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School

Or folks just haven’t heard the announcement yet.

The hostility last year toward the Obama school address was nuts. As a reporter, I have covered all sorts of speakers at schools, including candidates for office, members of Congress, pop stars and  British royalty. No parents pulled their child out of school for fear of wild pro monarchy rhetoric.

We ought to be delighted that the president is making time again to talk about the importance of education in changing lives and expanding opportunities. I don’t think kids can hear that message enough.

Do you?

136 comments Add your comment

Mary

September 9th, 2010
6:47 pm

I can’t wait to see if the “biased” media specialist at my school gives this any attention the second go around. We had to force the issue to get her to set up the tvs to show the speech in the classrooms. Seems like she has plenty of time to promote other stuff, but not the President of the United States.

TopPublicSchoolCorruption

September 9th, 2010
7:05 pm

Atlanta…

depends on what side of the city you are on…and what position you take on the fence. Maureen,
the topics seem to be dancing around education issues in general. No real meat and potatoes to sink your teeth into.

Ole Guy

September 9th, 2010
7:06 pm

Mary, I don’t see where there is, or Should be, a problem with the ostensibly biased media specialist. She/he should have no decision-based authority on issues of National concern and their being made available to the student body for educational consumption. She/he (should) simply do as she/he is directed by the principal. Now if the principal’s bias presents a potential roadblock to televising that for which she/he is not in agreement, then, quite possibly, that principal does not belong in education.

Don’t let the minions push you around.

Proud Black Man

September 9th, 2010
7:28 pm

Expecting the usual assortment of bigots, tea (insert the name that cannot be mentioned), and cuckolded rethuglicans to weigh in with their proverbially 2 cents worth.

catlady

September 9th, 2010
7:39 pm

Just wait. The crazies and bigots have not heard yet. There will be massive howling and slobbering by the obstructionists (who are, according to them, not racist–they just don’t like THAT black man!)

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V for Vendetta

September 9th, 2010
7:41 pm

PBM,

Don’t bet on it. They’re still all glassy eyed and slack-jawed from the Glenn Beck rally.

teacher & parent

September 9th, 2010
7:41 pm

@ Ole Guy
September 9th, 2010
7:06 pm
“Now if the principal’s bias presents a potential roadblock to televising that for which she/he is not in agreement, then, quite possibly, that principal does not belong in education.”

Hey Ole Guy,
You are so wise!

sissyuga

September 9th, 2010
7:51 pm

I watched his speech last year. What a travesty to encourage young minds to work hard and persevere. Goodness knows they aren’t hearing it at home. I had to grow up listening to Nancy Reagan to “Just Say No.” Yeah, like that had real substance behind it.

bootney farnsworth

September 9th, 2010
8:01 pm

no irrational shilling for Obama yet… no wait, that’s incorrect.
Maureen came out sliming.

why not do what you seem to be calling for and hold your smarmy ineuendeo ’til AFTER something happens?

I understand you’re a blogger and have a severe left of center bias, but at least TRY to give the impression you have some level of journalistic training and standards

bootney farnsworth

September 9th, 2010
8:04 pm

@ catlady

has it ever occured to you many of us don’t give a rats butt what color, religion, or sexual orientation Obama is?

that we might object to what he stands for, and would have the same
distaste for him regardless?

is this concept really so hard for you to wrap your head around?

bootney farnsworth

September 9th, 2010
8:05 pm

@ V
so what about that rally offended you so?
specifically.

bootney farnsworth

September 9th, 2010
8:06 pm

oh, and for the record:

I got no problem with Obama, or any president, telling kids to study hard and stay in school. in fact, I’d like to see more of it.

Proud Black Man

September 9th, 2010
8:55 pm

Mid GA Teacher

September 9th, 2010
8:57 pm

This is a no brainer. I don’t see how anybody could possible think this is a bad thing. Hate the president if you will, I don’t care much for his political policies, but the speech he gave last year had zero political idealism in it. It was all about the students and taking responsiblity. It was great.

Parent

September 9th, 2010
9:00 pm

bootney farnsworth? – Right on – I didn’t vote for President Obama, but I do respect him as our President. I tell my school aged children to listen to him, he’s a great man. Yeah, study hard Obama did and look he’s now your President! How is this a problem for anyone?

Ole principal

September 9th, 2010
9:44 pm

Ole guy

Just a quick point. Many times principals don’t make those calls. The Superintendents or other central office staff do. In many systems principals don’t have the power and control many on these blogs think they do.

oldtimer

September 9th, 2010
10:35 pm

Uck…not again..

ScienceTeacher671

September 9th, 2010
10:40 pm

Last year we were furloughed so we didn’t have to worry about it. Don’t know what the PTB will decide to do this year. If even a few kids in each school would take the words about studying and working harder to heart, it would be a good thing.

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Concened Henry County Parent

September 9th, 2010
11:30 pm

I don’t think you will hear a lot of outcry over Obama’s speech like you did last year. We “crazy, obstructionist, glassy eyed, slack jawed bigots” and our children pretty much now ignore whatever Obama has to say. We will take our country back on Nov. 2nd. Obama will be effectively neutered – can’t wait!

Ole Guy

September 9th, 2010
11:45 pm

Ole Principal, thanks for the clarification. I realize the education arena, like many fields of endeavor, is wrought with political correctness superimposing the mantra of simply doing what’s right. However, like a wise man in my checkered past once said, “If you’re not pissing someone off, you’re not doing your job”.

As a junior officer, I pissed many people off, but, at the same time, I gained the respect of those, both junior and senior to me, as well as my peers. Did I have to “fly through some rough political air” as a result of my “occasional” bucking of the brass? Absolutely, but one value has always been my guidon…I RUN MY UNIT THE WAY I RUN MY UNIT!

I realize principals, as “unit commanders”, must both report to, and work well with many people. However (and my time in education was both long ago and quite brief), I feel that much of the disfunctionalism which seems to permeat the educational fabric is due, in no small part, to pure unadulterated FEAR. I completely understand the desire to maintain “calm seas”, particularly within the operational storms which seem to be de rigueur in the current educational atmosphere.

I completely understand that principals often do not wield the power and influence which many believe otherwise. Perhaps that may lie behind many of the problems within the educational camp.

Many complain about the fallacy of Washington bureaucrats issuing decisions regarding state issues. Perhaps the same fallacy is created when central office/superintendent level personnel insist on doing principals’ thinking and issuing principals’ decisions.

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Kathy

September 10th, 2010
1:13 am

As a conservative parent of 3 little girls who works hard to make sure that I know the messages that are being put forward to my children I ask for a short review of history. I DID call my daughter’s school to find out if they would be playing the speech to all of the students. When I called it was because the only information that I had about the speech was the worksheet that teachers were given to add classroom discussion to the speech. That particular worksheet really had little to do with work hard, stay in school. It looked more like an activity designed to create a new generation of “community organizers” working to bring some sort of social improvement to or communities by the work that they do. In principle I don’t disagree with this message either, but I was concerned about the perspective from which this would be taught. Once further information was released, I had no issue with the speech, as it was a simple back to school “pep talk” from our nation’s leader. As this year’s speech approaches, I am only concerned about the possible politicizing of this message as it occurs so close to mid term elections. Should my daughter’s school choose to play it live, or on a taped delay (as they did last year) I am okay with it, however I will be watching it from home just as they are in order to facilitate conversations about whatever is presented.

Michelle

September 10th, 2010
2:25 am

@Concerned Henry County Parent…

Dream on. You probably dont even vote.

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Vince

September 10th, 2010
6:45 am

Gosh! I agree with everything Bootney had to say!

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
7:25 am

Obama has nothing of any worth or value to add to any situation. He needs to sit down, shut up and wait to be thrown out of office.

One term for sure.

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
7:26 am

Perhaps Obama and TI can make the rounds together lecturing about behavior they mamas, God and the usual tripe.

Old School

September 10th, 2010
8:04 am

My petty peeve with this president’s televised speeches is that, while the speech is advertised to be directed at school children across the US, he never looks directly at the camera as though he is addressing ALL school children. He looks to the right and to the left but never directly at the camera. It’s the same for all his speeches. I realize he’s reading from the teleprompters and doing a fine job of that, but think about it. . . don’t you feel left out? Former President Clinton may not have been a sterling example of a president but the man knew how to deliver a speech that felt like it was all inclusive (in my opinion).

I’ve always looked at the eyes of the speaker before me- whether live or televised. I guess it helps me establish whether I can trust that person or not. Watching any Obama speech is a little like being being referred to in third person when I’m standing right there.

See? I told you it was petty because it’s about delivery instead of content.

BlackGirl

September 10th, 2010
8:20 am

Maybe if we all ignore Dr. NO he’ll shut up and go away!

AJinCobb

September 10th, 2010
8:36 am

@Concerned Henry County Parent,

“We will take our country back on Nov. 2nd.”

Take it back? Did it go somewhere?

It’s also the country of every person who voted for President Obama – which was a majority. Nobody “took” anything from you. It’s just democracy in action.

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
8:40 am

The Ayetollah Obama cant look into the camera because everything he says is a lie and he knows it. Add to that the fact that he probably keeps losing his place on his teleprompter and you have a terrible speech.

Dont get me wrong he is a great speaker, however, everything he says is a lie, wrong or just plain stupid. The Imam Obama doesnt talk to people he talks at them or down to them.

Oblunder talking to school children…what a joke. If my children were of school age I would in no way allow them to watch this circus clown, this carnival barker, this game show host spouting his double talk and non-sense.

The only good thing about OBumbler is he keeps stepping from cow patty to the next, will soon be ousted from office then hopefully vanish like a fart in the wind.

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
8:42 am

The only thing more comical than The Ayetoolah Obama is that silly Joe Biden. What a couple of worms.

Philosopher

September 10th, 2010
8:48 am

@AJinCobb: Well said! I am absolutely SICK of that phrase. NO ONE has taken America away from anyone and the fools who use and live by that phrase need to understand that we are ALL American citizens and we do NOT all agree with the crazed, radical right. In fact, I would fight to keep THEM from taking America away from me…if they could!

V for Vendetta

September 10th, 2010
9:11 am

bootney,

Perhaps it’s the fact that Beck is little more than a self-indulgent moron with a knowledge of history that is spurious at best, dangerously false at worst. He is a self-promotor in the highest regard, an alarmist to the nth degree, and a conservative Christian when it suits his purpose (i.e., when it increases his viewship). His rantings are eerily similar to early footage of another self-important extremist who used grandstanding and growing discontent with the government to win over the populous and secure his extremist party as unquestionable leaders.

Six million Jews died as a result.

Beck is indicative of everything that is wrong with America’s conservatives–just as Obama and Pelosi are examples of the opposite. Obama seeks to enslave our wallets in the name of socialism/communism. Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Palin, and the like seek to enslave our minds in the name of “faith.” Of course, this is great news if you agree with their narrow-minded moral viewpoints.

I don’t.

I prefer for people to think for themselves and keep what they earn. Way back around 250 years ago, there was a group of guys who thought the same.

Proud Black Man

September 10th, 2010
9:22 am

@ Dr NO

Have you always been a bigoted prick or has it only been since you were cuckolded and taken to the cleaners by Mrs. NO?

Lee

September 10th, 2010
9:51 am

Let me get this straight – time after time after time, I read on this blog where you teachers think that politicians ought to butt out of education. Now, you’re going gaga over a politician delivering a speech to school kids.

Makes sense to me….

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
9:53 am

PBM…you already tried the cuckold line. Pretty limited in your thinking I see…typical with your kind. Then again gutter dwellers and lowest common denominators of society, like yourself usually are.

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
9:56 am

Next thing ya know The Ayetoolah OBlunder will be speaking to “The Children” about Muslim holidays and expanding the curriculum to include Muslim studies such as…

Bomb Building 101
Aircraft Hijacking (The Basics)
Stoning (Expanded Arts)
Flogging 99 (Remedial)

And many of the other qualities he represents.

Lee

September 10th, 2010
9:57 am

@V, comparing Beck to Hitler? Wow, that’s a stretch.

Proud Black Man

September 10th, 2010
10:19 am

@ Dr NO

“typical with your kind.”

I would say more but I’m afraid the moderator wouldn’t allow it. Would you care to meet in person and discuss this. I would be more then willing to show you another stereotype that “my kind” is known for.

tell it

September 10th, 2010
10:22 am

@ Dr. No,
And you wonder why the world is in destruction. Your mind set perpuates….

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
10:27 am

More of “you kind” of mentality I see and quite the revealing reply…very nice indeed!! Why dont you do something productive with your life like get a job or go rob the liqour store.

Dont dish it ya cant take it, buddy.

PS…maybe if you make an honest attempt you could string together two non-sensical sentences and become a rap star.

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
10:38 am

Proud Black Man
September 10th, 2010
9:22 am
@ Dr NO

“Have you always been a bigoted prick or has it only been since you were cuckolded and taken to the cleaners by Mrs. NO?”

Ah yes, how refreshing. If one prefers not the policies and rhetoric of the current President and his adminstration they are immediately relegated to the racist dust bin OR thrashed a with some form of sexual deviant behavior.

Typcial of the Obama voter I would say. Kindve a retro point, nevertheless.

Maureen Downey

September 10th, 2010
10:38 am

To all, As I told Dr. Trotter yesterday, these dust-ups on the blog have to stop. They add nothing to the topics. I know some people like them; they are the online equivalent of the horrible accident that everyone slows down to see on the highway.
But my job is to keep traffic moving, so please end this “Mine is bigger than yours” stuff. I also think that too many postings from the same few people have a racist taint and they also need to go. They add nothing to the discussion and degrade the poster and the blog.
Maureen

Dr NO

September 10th, 2010
10:45 am

“Taint” LOL.

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Pavlov

September 10th, 2010
10:50 am

When the headline screams “irrational”, what do you expect?

Philosopher

September 10th, 2010
10:53 am

Itinfuriated me when it happened the last time that any school administrator or superintendant was allowed to take such a political position as to deny my child the right to hear the duly elected president of the United States of America speak about the importance of staying in school and doing well. Each and every one of them should have been publicly admonished for abuse of their position. As long as there has been television and radio, children have listened to their President speak…whether or not their parents liked the president du jour. Those school administrators who made the choices they did had NO excuse for doing it other than political pressure…if they can’t stand up to political pressure, or they use their administrative positions to further their political agends, they have no business running our schools!